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Microsoft today has announced and released the first public preview version of the next Windows Home Server code name “Vail”. Unlike the previous which was based on WS2003 code, this new version of WHS is based on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows Home Server Code Name "Vail"

We all know how essential it is to have backups of your home and office computers. With this latest version of Windows Home Server, managing home computers has become easier than ever before. The official description of this preview release of Windows Home Server “Vail” is as follows.

Windows Home Server code name "Vail" is the version 2 release of Windows Home Server, now based on Windows Server ® 2008 R2.  There are some exciting new features that you can try out if you choose to join the Windows Home Server Connect program such as:

  • Extending media streaming outside the home or office
  • Improvements in multi-PC backup and restore
  • Simplified setup and user experience
  • Significantly expanded development and customization tools for partners
  • Much, much more!

WHS VailScreenshot of Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail” CTP4

This version of Windows Home Server is no doubt very much multimedia oriented. The major changes comes in the user experience. Backing up files and restoring them is far more easier and efficient now, along with tons of new features.

A Consumer Technology Preview (CTP 4) version of “Vail” was leaked back in January of this year.

Download Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail” Beta Preview [Microsoft Connect]

UPDATE 1: Folks at MediaSmartServer.net have already got a review up. Check out the video below to see “Vail” in action.

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